Oh, sure, it's all fun and games, until somebody gets a magistrate to issue an order....
This time the White House has gone too far, I tell you. They've kicked sand in the face of the wrong 90 pound weakling. Now, by golly, somebody's gonna have to pony up and pay the piper, because this time, the White House has pissed off...
The National Security Archive.
Yep, that's right. After defying orders to turn over documents pertaining to the political firings of federal judges to the United States Congress, after flying in the face of direct orders of a federal court to preserve and hand over thousands of hours of CIA interrogation tapes (and, instead, destroying those tapes), the White House has finally gone and done tangled with the big, bad... librarians.
After all, if anybody should know how dangerous a wounded, cornered librarian is, it should be George W. Bush. Yessirree, Bob, I tell ya. Those librarians don't take kindly to people deleting their archivable materials, especially prior to the microfiche/Dewey decimal assignment process. They're quiet, sure (and they want YOU to be quiet as well), but once riled, those horn-rimmed be-spectacled, red-lipsticked guardians of the public record are forces to be reckoned with.
And these folks are SECURITY librarians, so you know how militant they probably are. If you're two weeks late returning your checked out archives, I'm pretty sure there's a waterboarding in your future.
So, my advice to the White House would be as follows:
Dudes... do not fuck with security librarians. Turn over the e-mails, keep your hands in sight at all times, make no sudden movements, and back away slowly. I say that for your own good.
Hell hath no fury....